Local Council Elections 2020
New Animated Videos from Reconciliation Victoria!
Reconciliation Victoria has launched three new animated videos about the upcoming local council elections. Produced with the Victorian Electoral Commission, the videos explore a range of topics about what councils do, the role of a councillor and most importantly, how to vote in the elections.
Reconciliation Victoria is encouraging community members to share these messages and to use them as a resource in promoting the importance of voting in local council elections.
IEP supports local government RAP success
IEP is proud to have partnered with Banyule City Council on the development of its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) September 2020 – September 2022.
Banyule Council’s RAP outlines the shared approach Council will take to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to advance reconciliation in Council’s workplace and across Banyule.
IEP worked tirelessly alongside Banyule Council for 18 months to build staff capacity and consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure the RAP meets both Council and Aboriginal community expectations.
Council’s RAP has been formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, Traditional Owners Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee (BATSIAC) and local reconciliation network, Reconciliation Banyule.
Banyule Council’s vision for reconciliation is a just and equal society where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage are a proud part of our shared national identity.
“To achieve this, we must travel this important journey together, and proactively work to reduce division in our communities,” Banyule Mayor Cr Alison Champion said.
IEP was contracted by Council to project manage all RAP developments, to write the RAP, consult with staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and to produce and present the final RAP booklet for Reconciliation Australia endorsement.
IEP is immensely proud of the work that has gone into Banyule Council’s RAP and as a growing Aboriginal social enterprise, we applaud Banyule Council for the privilege to work on this important project and we value the trust they placed in us to help Council to achieve this important milestone in its journey towards reconciliation.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ voice is at the forefront of Council’s RAP to ensure decisions impacting First Nations people’s lives are based on shared decision-making, fairness, respect and trust.
Together in partnership, IEP, Banyule Council and its respective community partners have created a solid action plan to help Council to tackle inequity issues and create meaningful pathways towards self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
IEP looks forward to continuing to support Banyule Council on its reconciliation journey and strengthening respect, relationships and opportunities for First Nations people in Banyule.
To read Banyule Council’s RAP click here.
Aboriginal women take up CEO roles for change
Indigenous Employment Partners (IEP) and its sister printing and design business, Currency Print and Corporate Communications (CPCC) are proud to announce the appointment of two strong Aboriginal women taking up CEO roles with our enterprises.
Both IEP and CPCC already share many things in common. We are both growing Aboriginal social enterprises with a strong commitment to tackling Aboriginal disadvantage and building capacity through employment. Now we have two fearless female leaders, determined to support our social mission.
Jill West, proud Troolwoolway Bunurong woman joins IEP with a lengthy career supporting Aboriginal job seekers. Jill has worked extensively in the Centrelink space for 13 years and is strongly committed to working alongside community organisations, developing partnerships, and building cultural capacity. She believes closing Aboriginal employment and education gaps requires Aboriginal people to have a voice through employment, training, and mentoring.
Jill says she is looking forward to building relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous employers and aims to strengthen existing partnerships with government services, departments, and agencies.
Standing alongside Jill is long-time friend and community partner Sara Stuart. Proud Kamilaroi woman and newly appointed CEO of CPCC. Sara is a mother of four and staunch supporter of empowering young Aboriginal women to pursue their goals, despite the adversity and challenges they face. Sara has successfully run her own health and fitness businesses, worked extensively in the recruitment sector, and supported several Aboriginal employment programs, including the federal government’s Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) program.
In taking on the CEO role at CPCC, Sara says, “I want to create real long-term employment for our people, and I want to show corporate Australia that print manufacturing belongs here in Australia. By providing Aboriginal employment and management in printing, marketing and communications services through unique design and merchandise on a national scale I believe we can showcase how much talent, ability and professionalism our people have in these areas ”.
Board members, Directors and staff at IEP and CPCC have positively embraced the news of Jill and Sara’s appointments and IEP Director, Dennis Batty, says “the appointment of these two strong Aboriginal women as leaders strengthens our business model and supports our social mission. Sara and Jill are both change-makers and have great determination to influence the way we do business”.
Both IEP and CPCC recognise the valuable leadership skills Jill and Sara bring to our respective businesses and we trust that the passion these two women have for creating positive change will lead to many more Aboriginal people gaining and retaining meaningful employment.
Supporting Reconciliation In Victoria
To mark the beginning of reconciliation week the Victorian Government has announced it will fund Reconciliation Victoria $920,000.
The funding forms part of a three year partnership between Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Government and is set to greatly support the work Reconciliation Victoria does to progress reconciliation and promote understanding, respect and recognition for Aboriginal Victorians.
Reconciliation Victoria works with all levels of government, schools, local reconciliation groups and youth groups. Delivering signature events such as Reconciliation Week and the Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together Awards.
Reconciliation Victoria has been in operation since 2002 and co-chair Shane Charles says the new funding will help to shine a light on what is possible and appropriate to address inequity in our communities while championing and enabling Aboriginal self-determination.
To find out more click here.
New Jobs Hub For Family Violence Workforce
The Victorian Government has launched a new jobs hub to create stronger links between family violence sector employers and people wanting to work in the industry to protect women and children.
The hub – at familyviolence.vic.gov.au/jobs – aims to grow the family violence workforce by promoting the diversity of roles available and raising awareness among jobseekers. It will provide access to a Family Violence Jobs Portal, where jobseekers can search and apply for family violence sector roles.
Employers in government and not-for-profit organisations across Victoria will be able to use the portal as a free platform to advertise and recruit for family violence roles. They will also be able to search through the resumes of potential workers to fill positions, including urgent short-term roles during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The hub comes out of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which recommended more support and focus on growing specialist family violence and prevention workforce, recognising specialist expertise and increasing diversity.
There are currently about 2,000 people working in specialist family violence response across Victoria, and a further 300 working as primary prevention practitioners.
A family violence attraction and recruitment campaign will be launched later in the year, to encourage students and career changers to consider a career in family violence as chance to do something meaningful, challenging and rewarding.
For more information, go to familyviolence.vic.gov.au/jobs.
coalition of the peaks
The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled peak organisations (the Coalition of Peaks) have launched a website aimed at engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap to be agreed with Australian governments and how it will work in their communities.
The new website tells the story of who the Coalition of Peaks are, why they formed and how its community-controlled members are working with Australian governments to improve life outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The website details the historic Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap between the Coalition of Peaks and Australian governments, it introduces the Coalition of Peaks’ Joint Council members and provides background on the Priority Reforms that will underpin the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
The Coalition of Peaks is negotiating with Australian governments so that the new National Agreement is built around what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have said for a long time is needed to improve the lives of Aboriginal people, and is informed by Coalition of Peak led engagements with communities late last year.
The Coalition of Peaks want Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations across Australia to be fully engaged and take ownership of the new Closing the Gap strategy. This is fundamental to improving the life outcomes of Aboriginal people; making sure communities’ have say on the Closing the Gap priorities and holding governments accountable for the actions they commit to.
The website enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations across Australia to be part of the work of the Coalition of Peaks with governments and will be updated when the new Agreement is in place with practical resources that can be used by communities to make sure they know and benefit from the Agreement. The new National Agreement on Closing the Gap is expected to be in place before the end of July this year.
In addition to the website, the Coalition of Peaks is also launching social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations are encouraged to engage with and share the work of the Coalition of Peaks.
Visit the Coalition of Peaks website here.
Building Works: Social Housing For Aboriginal Victorians
The Victorian Government is set to invest close to $500 million in Aboriginal social housing by building new homes and carrying out repairs, upgrades and maintenance works on existing properties.
This public housing investment is part of a $2.7 billion Building Works package and is set to create thousands of jobs across the state.
The funding will support Aboriginal Housing Victoria sites in Hampton Park and Dandenong, Twelve homes will be created and $35 million of upgrades, maintenance and repairs will be done on existing Aboriginal social housing.
These social housing projects will start within the next six months and the focus will be on providing safe, accessible and stable housing for those most vulnerable, including women and children escaping family violence, people with disability and older Aboriginal Victorians.
The Government is working directly with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to deliver this significant investment towards self-determination of housing outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.
The package is on top of funding to build new housing options for people leaving the justice system, helping them reintegrate into society, as well as people experiencing homelessness.
To read more abut this funding package click here.
Local Jobs Boom In Cleaning And Maintenance Blitz
An army of cleaners and community support workers will help slow the spread of coronavirus in a new Victorian Government funded initiative Working for Victoria.
The $500 million Working for Victoria program is matching people who have lost their job due to the economic impacts of coronavirus with employers who need staff.
More than 2,750 Victorians have found positions through Working for Victoria since the program was launched last month..
Agreements have been struck between the Government and 28 councils across Victoria to support more than 2,300 people into jobs that include land and asset management, community outreach, hardship relief delivery and crisis co-ordination. Council workers who have been stood down may also be redeployed into these new roles.
The cities of Melbourne, Maribyrnong, Yarra, Port Phillip and Stonnington have led the way in employing and training people to perform tasks including deep cleaning of public assets such as drinking fountains and disinfecting surfaces such as handrails, street furniture, playgrounds, tram stops, traffic signal boxes and mailboxes.
Rural communities will receive a boost with councils including Hindmarsh and Moorabool providing residents with Meals on Wheels deliveries, supporting vulnerable residents with in-home care needs and food packages, and helping local businesses.
For more information on the Working for Victoria initiative and to register for the program click here.
Victoria’s First Aboriginal Member Appointed To VCAT
The Victorian Government recently announced the appointment of Michelle Gardner as the state’s first Aboriginal woman to serve as a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Ms Gardner is one of several new appointments and reappointments to VCAT. She joins other new members Mary Cameron, Chris Thwaites and Brook Hely, while Bernadette Steele and Karina Shpigel have been reappointed.
Ms Gardner, who is an Aboriginal woman from the Gunditjmara nation in western Victoria, has held a range of roles in Aboriginal policy and legal organisations during her more than 30-year career.
For seven years she served at the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, leading a team responsible for the conciliation of complaints and public awareness of anti-discrimination law.
She was previously the Aboriginal Programs Manager at the NSW Department of Environment, developing policy to engage Aboriginal communities and implement cultural heritage initiatives.
In 2006, Ms Gardner was appointed as Presiding Tribunal Legal Member at the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and in 2009 she began presiding over hearings regarding social security and child support at the Social Security Appeals Tribunal.
She also took on a role as Senior Legal Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, determining guardianship applications in 2014.
Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said the appointment of Ms Gardner is an important milestone. “We must continue to ensure more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are in senior positions at our courts and tribunals.”
CLOSING THE GAP REPORT 2020
12th Closing the Gap Report tabled in Parliament.
The report reveals early childhood education and Year 12 attainment targets are progressing, but there is still room for improvement in reading and numeracy, employment and health.
This year’s Closing the Gap report brings in to focus the importance of partnerships between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In March 2019, the Council of Australian Governments and the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations signed a Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap. The Partnership Agreement is guiding the development of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, which will set out priorities over the next ten years.
To read the full Closing the Gap Report, visit ctgreport.niaa.gov.au
Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel Interim Report
The interim report from the Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel is now publicly available and can be accessed via the PM&C website.
The Taskforce was announced as part of the 2019-20 Budget, and is responsible for developing a strategy for the Commonwealth’s role in the social impact investing market. Social impact investments are made with the intention of generating measurable social outcomes, while delivering a financial return to the investor. The interim report brings together the Taskforce’s findings to date, and follows extensive consultation and research. It reflects our emerging vision on how business, government and community sectors can work together through social impact investing to reduce entrenched disadvantage. It recommends practical first steps towards what will be an ambitious final strategy – one that will support Australians experiencing disadvantage to more fully participate in the economic and social life of the nation.
Delivery of the final recommendations to Government is expected by mid-2020.
IEP conducts aboriginal community consultation for
Hume City Council Stolen Generations Marker project
Hume City Council’s Marker will pay tribute to the Stolen Generations – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities and denied their identity, family, traditional culture and country through race-based policies implemented by State and Federal Governments between 1910 and the 1970s. The Stolen Generations includes all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children placed in care who were denied their cultural heritage.
The Marker will acknowledge the harm caused to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities across the nation and will serve as a reminder about the terrible injustice caused by successive governments and the impacts it is still causing today.
For more information about the project and the community engagement, please see the attached leaflet and the project webpage.
Currency Communications joins IEP
Indigenous Employment Partners (IEP) is proud to announce that we have acquired Currency Print and Corporate Communications (CPCC). A reputable printing and design company which has operated in Australia for more than 30 years.
Currency (CPCC) joins IEP to build an innovative multimedia and print company owned and run by Indigenous Australians.
IEP will support Currency (CPCC) to enable Aboriginal job seekers to access a wide range of multimedia and design skills, training and employment opportunities.
“The move to join Currency Communications with IEP comes as a great gesture of kindness and generosity from Currency Communications previous owner”, says Dennis Batty, IEP Chief Executive Officer.
IEP is thrilled to be working with Currency Communications to open up new work opportunities for Aboriginal job seekers in areas of graphic and web design, photography, illustration and animation, video eDM, call centre training, sales, administration, customer service, OH&S, prepress processes, digital printing and finishing, signage printing, and warehouse procedures etc.
Sara Stuart will head up the new business as CEO.
“This initiative is part of our commitment to community development goals and we hope it will create new directions for First Australian’s employment, business training and opportunities within and leveraging from an established and professional business framework”, says Sara Stuart CPCC Chief Executive Officer.
Commencing operations from 1 January 2020, the close working relationship between IEP and Currency Communications ticks many boxes. We will be Supply Nation and Social Traders certified and provide all our customers with cost-effective high-quality print, mail and communication services and we will bring a unique proposition to the printing market.
By purchasing our services, customers can directly contribute to closing Aboriginal employment gaps and help improve a wide range of social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people.
We look forward to sharing more news about this exciting new IEP business enterprise.
Former prisoners to get ‘second chance’ with jobs on major Victorian infrastructure projects.
Over the next 12 months, 50 young men who have been in jail will work on major projects, including the Melbourne Metro project.
Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Indigenous Employment Partners Present
Artwork by Wayne “Llwlngu” McGinness
( Baa-goon-nnyya) Taungurung: to gather together or collect
Bagungga is a private collection of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and artefacts collected over 30 years and being exhibited publicly for the first time ever in Kyneton before travelling to galleries and museums throughout Australia during 2020 – 2022
The Exhibition is being held in Kyneton and runs until 28th March 2020 and will include workshops and talks by artists an interactive learning tool for schools and special workshops.
You can book workshop tickets by calling 1300 888 802
Find out more here
Voices for Change, Indigenous Employment Partners Annual NAIDOC Lunch 2019
Each year IEP hosts a lunch to recognise the important role of women in strengthening our communities. This year’s lunch was titled ‘Voices for Change’ based on the national NAIDOC week theme ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’.
To discuss and reflect on this theme, we facilitated a panel discussion and heard from 4 Aboriginal businesswomen about their vision for future after Treaty, with a focus on self-determination, and the impact Treaty may have on relationships with the business community.
At the lunch we also held our annual Strong Sistas acknowledgments where we recognised the work of Aboriginal women helping to keep our communities safe and strong.
Pictured above: Sherree Chaudry, Strong Sista 2019
IEP extends a very special congratulations to each of our 2019 Strong Sistas Award recipients:
Founder and CEO, Deaf Community Indigenous Consultancy, since 2007. Jody has worked to improve the quality and cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deaf people and community members with other/additional disabilities. Jody is also a board member of Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-Rong.
HR Manager Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation. Sheree is passionate about Aboriginal employment. Chairperson Woor-Dungin Aboriginal Corporation, Founding Board Member and Chair Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-Rong, Victoria’s first wholly Aboriginal controlled philanthropic fund.
Jo is a Proud Taungurong/Wiradjuri Woman who works as the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer at Eastern Health. For the past six years Jo has been working with health professionals and community members to ensure contact and consultation is appropriately supported. Jo is passionate about ensuring Equality and Respect for all people.
Budj Bim added to UNESCO World Heritage list
The Budj Bim World Heritage site Cultural Landscape is located within Gunditjmara Country in south-eastern Australia, and comprises of three components; Budj Bim – Northern Component, Kurtonitj – Central Component and Tyrendarra Southern Component. Each component contains extensive evidence of the Gunditjmara’s aquaculture system. The Gunditjmara have customary rights and obligations to their traditional Country and a continuing and evolving relationship with the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.
Find out more at https://www.budjbim.com.au/
IEP new board appointment, Diana David
Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong is Victoria’s first Aboriginal community controlled Philanthropic Fund.
Working Mums: Bundap Marram Durn-durn
Indigenous Employment Partners is running a new campaign.
The campaign is called Working Mums: Bundap Marram Durn-durn and we’re looking for support.
We’re looking to raise $100,000.00.
To see all the details, please click here
If you would like to organise a corporate giving campaign click on the fundraise button then click ‘fundraise as a company’ and fill out your details.
If you would like to get a group of people together to fundraise click on the fundraise button then click on ‘fundraise as a team’ and compete the details.
Please pass this on to anyone else you know who might be interested.
Uncle Jack did his time, but his record remains a ball and chain
Continuous Improvement at Indigenous Employment Partners
Reconciliation Victoria supports a continuing national conversation about shifting our national day from January 26 – to reflect on who we are as a nation, what we stand for, and what date in our history best reflects those values and attributes.
Reconciliation Victoria encourages local councils, organisations and individuals commemorating the day to recognise the honoured place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our nation’s history, to be sensitive to the feelings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may see the day as one of mourning, and to see the day as an opportunity to promote understanding, respect and reconciliation.
Reconciliation Victoria has provided some simple ways to mark 26th January respectfully, and acknowledge members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Check out Reconciliation Victoria’s website for suggestions on how you can mark 26 Jan respectfully.
Indigenous Employment Partners recommends to all our clients and partner organisations to consult with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities about how to appropriately mark the day.
IEP welcomes new board member, Jade Miller (Yorta Yorta)
IEP mentoring course growing strong in NT
Congratulations to everyone who recently completed IEP’s Indigenous Mentoring Course in Darwin.
Twelve people traveled from all parts of the country to take part in the 5 day course delivered at the Australian National University’s (ANU) North Australia Research Unit (NARU).
Here’s some of the kind words people shared on completing the course:
“I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it”
“The facilitator made me feel safe and the content of the workshop helped me understand how to be a mentor”
“Really, it was the most amount of information, knowledge and skills I have ever gained from a course”
IEP chats with CAAMA radio
Indigenous Employment Partners congratulates Not-for-profit Law on its 10th birthday
IEP attends Mullum Mullum Fund Raising Dinner
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust supports IEP
NAIDOC 2018, Strong Sistas keeping culture safe
Seven remarkable Aboriginal women were recognised at IEP’s inaugural NAIDOC week event on Friday 6 July 2018:
Aunty Di Kerr, Traditional Custodian, Wurundjeri
Antoinette Braybrook, CEO Djirra, Kuku Yalanji
Cheryl Vickery-Nicholls, Community elder, Yorta Yorta
Shona Stewart, City of Whittlesea, Wiradjuri/Latdje Latdje
Katrina Harrison, Skillinvest, Palawa
Leanne Sumner, Cultural Advisor and Educator, Gunditjmara
Karen Lovett, Artist and Arts Teacher, Gunditjmara